Cathy Nolan’s Daily Reflection.

These days Satan is working underhandedly…

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JMJ

September 20 2016

Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, and Paul Chong Ha-Sang, and Companions

Dear Family of Mary!

January 17, 1985 “Dear children! These days satan is working underhandedly against this parish, and you, dear children, have fallen asleep in prayer, and only some are going to Mass. Withstand the days of temptation! Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Our Lady spent a lot of time teaching the visionaries and parishioners about spiritual warfare. She wanted them to know that Satan exists, and that he has a plan to destroy each one of them. They needed to be aware of his influence on their lives, and to reject him.

And so she gave them the message on January 17, 1985. She told them, and all of us now, that Satan works underhandedly. He is cunning, and knows just how to get us off track. He sows many temptations and distractions into our lives. If we are not awake and in prayer, we will be taken in by them, and find ourselves outside of God’s plan for us very quickly.

The solution? Don’t fall asleep in prayer. We must pray with all our hearts. We can’t just say the words like robots. Our prayer must be from the heart and always be a conversation with God. If we pray in this way, temptations will be seen for what they are. Likewise, we should strive to go to Holy Mass as often as is possible. When we are at Mass, we receive the Word of God, and Eucharist, two of the most nourishing things we can take in. God feeds us for the journey. Jesus comes to us as our spiritual food for life.

We have to stay awake. We have to withstand the days of temptation. Our Mother has taught us to do so with her main messages. If we listen to her, we will stand in the battle against our enemy and we will be able to help Our Lady in her plan.

Fr. Gabriel Amorth understood the battle very well. He advised people to pray very much, go to Holy Mass and Communion, rely on Confession (even weekly), fast, and to pray in prayer groups if they wanted to be free of Satanic influence. Here is something he said in his second book “An Exorcist: More Stories”:

As I mentioned in the second chapter of this book, the Gospel shows us the most difficult type of liberation: the young man over whom the apostles prayed in vain. Jesus says that to cast out a particular kind of demon three things are required: faith, prayer, and fasting. These are still the most efficacious methods. Undoubtedly, group prayer is stronger than individual prayer, as the Gospel tells us. I will never tire of repeating that we can be liberated from the demon with prayer alone, without any exorcism, but never with exorcism alone [without prayer].

I will add that, when we pray, the Lord gives us what we need, independently of our words. We do not know what we need to ask for; it is the Spirit who prays for us “with sighs too deep for words”. Therefore, the Lord gives us much more than what we ask or dare hope…Let us continue to pray; the Lord will give us what we need. (Fr. Gabriel Amorth. “An Exorcist: More Stories” P. 191-192)

With that encouragement, I want to give you two prayers for protection and liberation from the enemy that Fr. Amorth included in his book. We can converse with the Lord through these prayers. They tell us much about His desire to help us. Our Lady too!

Prayers of Liberation from the Spirit of Evil

To Our Lord Jesus

O Jesus our Savior,

My Lord and my God,

My God and my all,

With your sacrifice of the Cross you redeemed us

And defeated the power of Satan.

I beg you to deliver me from every evil presence

And every evil influence.

I ask you in your name,

I ask you for the sake of your wounds,

I ask you for the sake of your blood,

I ask you for the sake of your Cross,

I ask you through the intercession of Mary,

Immaculate and sorrowful.

May the blood and the water that flow

From your side

Wash over me to purify me,

Deliver me, heal me. Amen.

To Mary

O Most High Queen of Heaven

And of the Angels,

We humbly beseech you,

Who received from God

The power and the mission

To crush Satan’s head:

Command the heavenly host

To pursue the demons in battle wherever they are,

To rebuke their daring

And to thrust them into the abyss. Amen

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

PS.  The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. [I can’t stop sharing this…there must be someone out there who is resisting!!!] Pray about coming!!  The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan

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Satan wants to destroy Our Lady’s plan in Medjugorje.

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JMJ

September 19, 2016

St. Januarius

Dear Family of Mary!

August 25, 2011 “Dear children! Today I call you to pray and fast for my intentions, because satan wants to destroy my plan. Here I began with this parish and invited the entire world. Many have responded, but there is an enormous number of those who do not want to hear or accept my call. Therefore, you who have said ‘yes’, be strong and resolute. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

On September 16, 2016, Fr. Gabriel Amorth, Exorcist of Rome, died. He was a powerful exorcist, as well as a Mariologist and teacher. They say that he performed over 70,000 exorcisms in his life. He was the expert of our day on deliverance and exorcism.

He also believed in Our Lady of Medjugorje.

I like to hear what exorcists have to say about many things, because they have a very unique view of the evil one and his activity in the world. They seem to be able to cut through all the veils and see what is really going on in the world, because they know our enemy first hand and they know the power of God.

Fr. Amorth was one of the most profound exorcists. I want to share with you an excerpt from an article by Christine Watkins on her webpage, medjugorjemiracles.com. She shares something Fr. Amorth said to Radio Maria in 2011 about Medjugorje and why he believed so strongly in Our Lady’s coming there:

Throughout the years, Fr. Amorth has embraced Medjugorje. He has called the place, “a great fortress against Satan.” The following is a September, 2011 interview on Radio Maria with Fr. Gabriele Amorth. Fr. Amorth was speaking before the backdrop of the Virgin Mary’s message of August 25, 2011, when she said:

“Dear children! Today I call you to pray and fast for my intentions, because Satan wants to destroy my plan. Here I began with this parish and invited the entire world. Many have responded, but there is an enormous number of those who do not want to hear or accept my call. Therefore, you who have said ‘yes’, be strong and resolute. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

“How bitter, how bitter was the last message of Our Lady of Medjugorje on August 25: ‘Many have responded, but there is an enormous number of those who do not want to hear or accept my call,'” Fr. Gabriele Amorth first commented.

“Now look here; it is very sour, this balance. After more than thirty years! More than thirty years! Now if it is the pagans who don’t listen to Our Lady’s words, then that I can understand. But be you a Christian, it is not forgivable. Be you a Christian!”

“Even priests and bishops don’t even want to hear about it. It is not that they went there and then made their decision fairly, after seeing things for themselves. No! They don’t even want to hear it being spoken about!”

“The Gospel is so clear. It tells us how to discern! By the fruits you will know the tree! It has been thirty years that Medjugorje has given us fruits that are ultimately exquisite! Confession, conversion, vocations, graces of every kind! For more than thirty years!” the exorcist reminded on Radio Maria.

“In the Old Testament, God sent prophets to warn of the betrayals of the Jewish people. Now, here to warn of the betrayal of the Christian people, also the priests, God sends us His Mother! It has been thirty years! Is it possible that people still do not hear? And as for those people who believe themselves to be intelligent by saying they’ll wait until the Church approves? They are fools!” said Fr. Gabriel Amorth.

http://www.medjugorjemiracles.com/2011/11/the-most-famous-exorcist-in-the-world-fr-gabriele-amorth-has-harsh-words-for-those-who-ignore-medjugorje/

I share this because Fr. Amorth showed his sorrow and disbelief at those who refuse to give Medjugorje a chance, and who dismiss it without reviewing the fruits. He sees the good fruits. He knows when a fruit is good or bad. He has seen everything. And for him, to deny Medjugorje is impossible.

I hope that Fr. Amorth will continue to accompany the faithful from heaven, interceding for us and asking for God’s mercy upon us. We need his help. Maybe he will work on those people in the church who are so skeptical of Medjugorje, and help them see the fruits of Our Lady’s presence there. The world needs Our Lady of Medjugorje now more than ever.

Let’s pray for Fr. Amorth:

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord

and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace. Amen.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

PS.  The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. Pray about coming!!  The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan

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The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Our Lady in the outdoor sanctuary at St. James
where she is honored every night with the Litany

JMJ

September 16, 2016

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian

Dear Family of Mary!

As I opened my browser and Mary TV came up, the Mary TV channel was playing the Evening Rosary at St. James Church. The choir was singing the beautiful Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What a wonderful way to end the hour of prayer before Holy Mass! It is so familiar to us that we may forget how incredible the titles of Mary are!! Our Lady means so much to us all!

So here is the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary! We can pray it with all our hearts!

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,

Have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world:

Have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Ghost,

Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God,

Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us. (repeat at end of each phrase.)
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,

Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,

Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of Heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,

Queen of angels,
Queen of patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of peace.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
Grant, O Lord God, we beseech Thee, that we Thy servants may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, through the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be freed from present sorrow, and enjoy eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

Mary TV

PS.  The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. Pray about coming!!  The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan

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Our Lady of Sorrows

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JMJ

September 15, 2016

Our Lady of Sorrows

Dear Family of Mary!

On this beautiful day we remember all the sorrows Our Lady endured in her life. She had so many sorrows. Most of them had to do with watching the way her Son was treated by those He came to save. He was misunderstood, rejected, ridiculed, hounded, laughed at, betrayed, wrongly condemned, tortured cruelly, and hung on a cross to die. She traveled that road with Him, not sparing herself any of the pain. She said “yes” to the Father through it all. Her heart was pierced with swords of pain and sorrow, as she followed Jesus throughout His life.

But she has other sorrows as well. These sorrows involve her children on earth. She explains her sorrows for us in this message:

February 02, 2013 “Dear children, love is bringing me to you – the love which I desire to teach you also – real love; the love which my Son showed you when He died on the Cross out of love for you; the love which is always ready to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. How great is your love? My motherly heart is sorrowful as it searches for love in your hearts. You are not ready to submit your will to God’s will out of love. You cannot help me to have those who have not come to know God’s love to come to know it, because you do not have real love. Consecrate your hearts to me and I will lead you. I will teach you to forgive, to love your enemies and to live according to my Son. Do not be afraid for yourselves. In afflictions my Son does not forget those who love. I will be beside you. I will implore the Heavenly Father for the light of eternal truth and love to illuminate you. Pray for your shepherds so that through your fasting and prayer they can lead you in love. Thank you.”

Mother Mary suffers to see us so unable to respond to the love of God. She is aware of how little we love; how little we desire God. Even now, after years of apparitions, we still have cold hearts. What will it take to wake us up to the great love of Jesus?

In this next message Our Lady helps us to wake up to the love of Jesus. And she tells us that she knows our sorrows, and wants to teach us how they will also move us forward:

February 02, 2016 “Dear children, I have called you and am calling you anew to come to know my Son, to come to know the truth. I am with you and am praying for you to succeed. My children, you must pray much in order to have all the more love and patience; to know how to endure sacrifice and to be poor in spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, my Son is always with you. His Church is born in every heart that comes to know Him. Pray that you can come to know my Son; pray that your soul may be one with Him. That is the prayer and the love which draws others and makes you my apostles. I am looking at you with love, with a motherly love. I know you; I know your pain and sorrows, because I also suffered in silence. My faith gave me love and hope. I repeat, the Resurrection of my Son and my Assumption into Heaven is hope and love for you. Therefore, my children, pray to come to know the truth; to have firm faith which will lead your heart and which will transform your pain and sufferings into love and hope. Thank you.”

We must pray to come to know the truth, that Jesus loves us and died for us. We need grace to see things as they are. We need eyes to see the joy of salvation, and to run to Jesus in every situation. Our Lady says that she knows our pains and sorrows because she lived them as well. She is one of us. And she has seen how those very sorrows lead to joy, in God. She will lead us on this path. We are all children of sorrow, but we are going towards joy!

Here is a prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows:

Our mother of sorrows,

with strength from above you stood by the cross,

sharing in the sufferings of Jesus,

and with tender care

you bore Him in your arms, mourning and weeping.

We praise you for your faith,

which accepted the life God planned for you.

We praise you for your hope,

which trusted that God would do great things in you.

We praise you for your love

in bearing with Jesus the sorrows of His passion.

Holy Mary,

may we follow your example,

and stand by all your children

who need comfort and love.

Mother of God,

stand by us in our trials

and care for us in our many needs.

Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Amen!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy

©Mary TV 2016

PS.  The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. Pray about coming!!  The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan

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Take the cross of my beloved Son in your hands…

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JMJ

September 14, 2016

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Dear Family of Mary!

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world!

Our Lady speaks about the Cross:

Friday, August 31, 1984“I love very specially the Cross which you have providentially erected on Mount Krizevac. Go there more often and pray.”

August 30, 1984 “Dear children! The cross was also in God’s plan when you built it. These days, especially, go on the mountain and pray before the Cross. I need your prayers. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

September 12, 1985 “Dear children! I wish to tell you that the Cross should be central these days. Pray especially before the Cross from which great graces are coming. Now in your homes make a special consecration to the Cross. Promise that you will neither offend Jesus nor abuse the Cross. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

February 20, 1986 “Dear children! The second message of these Lenten days is that you renew prayer before the Cross. Dear children, I am giving you special graces and Jesus is giving you special gifts from the Cross. Take them and live! Reflect on Jesus’ Passion and in your life be united with Jesus! Thank you for having responded to my call.”

September 11, 1986 “Dear children! For these days while you are joyfully celebrating the Cross, I desire that your cross also would be a joy for you. Especially, dear children, pray that you may be able to accept sickness and suffering with love the way Jesus accepted them. Only that way shall I be able with joy to give out to you the graces and healings which Jesus is permitting me. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

March 25, 1997 “Dear children! Today, in a special way, I invite you to take the cross in the hands and to meditate on the wounds of Jesus. Ask of Jesus to heal your wounds, which you, dear children, during your life sustained because of your sins or the sins of your parents. Only in this way, dear children, you will understand that the world is in need of healing of faith in God the Creator. By Jesus’ passion and death on the cross, you will understand that only through prayer you, too, can become true apostles of faith; when, in simplicity and prayer, you live faith which is a gift. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

March 25, 2013 “Dear children! In this time of grace I call you to take the cross of my beloved Son Jesus in your hands and to meditate on His passion and death. May your suffering be united in His suffering and love will win, because He who is love gave Himself out of love to save each of you. Pray, pray, pray until love and peace begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

February 25, 2016 “Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to conversion. Little children, you love little and pray even less. You are lost and do not know what your goal is. Take the cross, look at Jesus and follow Him. He gives Himself to you to the death on the cross, because He loves you. Little children, I am calling you: return to prayer with the heart so as to find hope and the meaning of your existence, in prayer. I am with you and am praying for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

October 2, 2009 “Dear Children, As I look at you, my heart seizes with pain. Where are you going my children? Have you sunk so deeply into sin that you do not know how to stop yourselves? You justify yourselves with sin and live according to it. Kneel down beneath the Cross and look at my Son. He conquered sin and died so that you, my children, may live. Permit me to help you not to die but to live with my Son forever. Thank you!”

May 02, 2012 “Dear children! With motherly love I implore you to give me your hands, permit me to lead you. I, as a mother, desire to save you from restlessness, despair and eternal exile. My Son, by His death on the Cross, showed how much He loves you; He sacrificed Himself for your sake and the sake of your sins. Do not keep rejecting His sacrifice and do not keep renewing His sufferings with your sins. Do not keep shutting the doors of Heaven to yourselves. My children, do not waste time. Nothing is more important than unity in my Son. I will help you because the Heavenly Father is sending me so that, together, we can show the way of grace and salvation to all those who do not know Him. Do not be hard hearted. Have confidence in me and adore my Son. My children, you cannot be without the shepherds. May they be in your prayers every day. Thank you.”

March 02, 2013 “Dear children! Anew, in a motherly way, I am calling you not to be of a hard heart. Do not shut your eyes to the warnings which the Heavenly Father sends to you out of love. Do you love Him above all else? Do you repent for having often forgotten that the Heavenly Father, out of His great love, sent his Son to redeem us by the Cross? Do you repent for not yet having accepted the message? My children, do not resist the love of my Son. Do not resist hope and peace. Along with your prayer and fasting, by His cross, my Son will cast away the darkness that wants to surround you and come to rule over you. He will give you the strength for a new life. Living it according to my Son, you will be a blessing and a hope to all those sinners who wander in the darkness of sin. My children, keep vigil. I, as a mother, am keeping vigil with you. I am especially praying and watching over those whom my Son called to be light-bearers and carriers of hope for you – for your shepherds. Thank you.”

December 02, 2013 “Dear children, with a motherly love and a motherly patience I am looking at your ceaseless wandering and how lost you are. That is why I am with you. I desire to help you to first find and come to know yourself, so that, then, you would be able to recognize and to admit everything that does not permit you to get to know the love of the Heavenly Father, honestly and wholeheartedly. My children, the Father comes to be known through the cross. Therefore, do not reject the cross. Strive to comprehend and accept it with my help. When you will be able to accept the cross you will also understand the love of the Heavenly Father; you will walk with my Son and with me; you will differ from those who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father, those who listen to Him but do not understand Him, those who do not walk with Him – who have not come to know Him. I desire for you to come to know the truth of my Son and to be my apostles; that, as children of God, you may rise above the human way of thinking and always, and in everything, seek God’s way of thinking, anew. My children, pray and fast that you may be able to recognize all of this which I am seeking of you. Pray for your shepherds and long to come to know the love of your Heavenly Father, in union with them. Thank you.”

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2016

PS.  The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. Pray about coming!!  The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan

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My Children, according to the will of my Son and and my motherly love, I am coming to you….

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JMJ

September 13, 2016
St. John Chrysostom
Dear Family of Mary!

Message of September 2, 2016

“Dear children, according to the will of my Son and my motherly love, I am coming to you, my children, but especially to those who have not yet come to know the love of my Son. I am coming to you who think of me and who invoke me. To you, I am giving my motherly love and I am carrying the blessing of my Son. Do you have pure and open hearts, and do you see the gifts, the signs of my presence and love?…”

Didn’t Mary come to Elizabeth and didn’t Elizabeth receive a great gift:

“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?'” (Lk 1:42-43)

We could say the same thing because Mary is coming to us with the same haste and the same love that she had in coming to Elizabeth. She is coming to us carrying the blessing of her Son, as she came to Elizabeth and little John. We should be leaping for joy! We should be filled with the Holy Spirit, exclaiming “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” In fact, we do say this many times each day when we pray our Rosary! This cry is the cry of joy that is released when Mary comes to us! We are filled with the joy of her presence and the power of the Holy Spirit when she comes.

But she seems to be a bit disappointed with our response. We may not see the gifts she brings and the signs of her presence of love. Our hearts may be hard and closed. Her coming may not bear fruit as it should. Unlike John the Baptist, we are not pure enough to soak up the graces coming to us with our Mother. What can be done? Our Lady gives us the answer:

“My children, in your earthly life, be led by my example. My life was pain, silence and immeasurable faith and trust in the Heavenly Father. Nothing is by chance: neither pain, nor joy, nor suffering, nor love. All of these are graces which my Son grants to you and which lead you to eternal life. Of you, my Son asks for love and prayer in Him. As a mother I will teach you: to love and to pray in Him means to pray in the silence of your soul and not only reciting with your lips; it is even the least beautiful gesture done in the name of my Son – it is patience, mercy, the acceptance of pain and sacrifice done for the sake of another…”

We can grow in our purity and openness, our ability to see and receive the gifts she brings and the signs of her presence and love. She will teach us. She will guide us and show us how to become able to receive her coming and gifts. She continues to teach us:

“My children, my Son is looking at you. Pray that you also may see His face and that it may be revealed to you. My children, I am revealing to you the only and real truth. Pray that you may comprehend it and be able to spread love and hope; that you may be able to be apostles of my love…”

Our Lady wants to make us apostles of her love. She wants us to see her Son, face to face! She needs us because it will be through us that many other souls will find the way to eternal life. We must respond to her coming like Elizabeth, and be filled with the Spirit like John. Then we will be able to help her.

“In a special way, my motherly heart loves the shepherds. Pray for their blessed hands. Thank you.”

(September 2, 2016)

Of course it is our priests who make all this possible through the Sacraments they give to us. Our gratitude should be great.

So with each Hail Mary we pray, let’s realize that Our Lady is coming to us, and bringing all of heaven with her, so that we can be transformed.  And let’s respond like Elizabeth and John, with a bit of leaping!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

PS.  The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. Pray about coming!!  The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan
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The Most Holy Name of Mary

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JMJ

September 12, 2016
The Most Holy Name of Mary!
Dear Family of Mary!

On this wonderful day we honor Most Holy Name of Mary!  In Luke 1:27 it says “And the virgin’s name was Mary”

Our salvation begins when an archangel speaks the name of Mary. To be Christian is to carry on that Annunciation unceasingly. Saint Louis de Montfort wrote that “the salvation of each inpidual is bound up with the Hail Mary.” This prayer that names the holy name of the Mother of God brought to a dry and barren world .the Fruit of Life. It will cause the Word of God to take root in the soul and bring forth Jesus. The holy name of Mary bears such power because of the unique bond between Mother and Son. ?When God sent his Son born of a woman, he instituted a once and for all order of salvation in which the union of Mother and Child stands at the center” (Romanus Cessario). To accept the pine privilege of speaking the name of Mary is to participate in that saving union. (from Magnificat September 12, 2016)

We have no idea how powerful the name of our Mother is!  But I always love to share this story of how Our Lady saved a priest’s vocation”

Priest Leonid, redemptorist from Ukraine province, participated in the 15th International seminar for priest in Medjugorje and gave the testimony, first to the other participants and then to Radio Station Mir Medjugorje. We publish the testimony as it was given:

My first pilgrimage to Medjugorje was related to my obligations and to my occupation in the priest vocation. Namely, in 2005 local Church entrusted me with huge responsibility and gave me heavy burden to carry and that was service of exorcist. The first months and the very first year were filled with God’s love and grace, but also with great difficulties and temptations.

One of the major difficulties took place during one session of exorcism over one possessed person. That person spoke to me in very rough voice, full of horror in these words: “I am horrible, I am powerful, and I will destroy you. I will destroy your priesthood and all of your life.” Although that was quite bad, I did not take that seriously at all. After all, I believed in God completely and I did not have any reasons to doubt that. I also knew that if I had fear in front of the Satan that would be as if I already lost something. But God allowed this situation to take place, and I am going to share with you how great and how mighty his Mother is, and how Medjugorje is sacred ground.

When I was in great pain, when I suffered and when I was tempted daily, I was not able to pray at all. I would go to confession every single day, but Satan tempted me all the times. The temptations were so strong that I lost peace in my soul completely. And not only that, I also felt that I lost my priesthood and my vocation. I felt that was complete and total destruction of my life.

In that difficult reality, while I was still unable to figure out what was happening to me, somebody offered me to come to Medjugorje. And I came. I was with a group of priests. I was just not able to pray, not even when they prayed. During that pilgrimage I met one other priest, Father Ambrosias from Slovakia. He completely sacrificed his life and his vocation working with people from Ukraine in the region of Carpatho – Ukraine. He traveled soon after a heart attack, and he also had diabetes. He was a Franciscan priest who came to Medjugorje five times before that. He absolutely thrilled me with his life and humbleness. He became my friend, I would help him around, take him by the hand, as he was older man. It appeared as I was helping to him, but the truth was that it was the other way round.

We were once climbing up the Hill of Apparitions and it was to be the apparition to one of the visionaries. Everything was packed with people, priests. I sat next to Fr. Ambrosias and I turned my back to the apparition site. I felt myself not worthy of being there at all. But during the time of the Rosary, I felt a desire to look towards that direction, to see what was happening there. At the same time, as I felt that desire, another inner voice was saying to me not to look there. You are failure and you will end up in hell, I heard. It was horrible.

Those first, positive feelings directed my look towards the apparition site. I started to look and I was searching for a sign. Maybe I was to see something at the end. Hope was being born in me slowly, but also more new arguments about how my humiliation was not to be changed. But, I believed in the crucial moment. Just for a moment. And in that very moment, as the answer to all of the questions ever rose, I was able to feel how Our Lady was coming down, from Heaven to this world. It was horrible in that moment. Such a powerful perception, scent of the other world I used to feel up to that point. And then, I was appeased by a certain gentleness, light touch, like a gentle breeze of Our Lady’s presence.

She was coming closer to me. And as She was closer to me, the power of evil was disappearing. In my heart I experienced new revelation. I was able to experience how powerful Her presence is, how she was humble.  Then I realized that She does not cast away evil spirits, but they ran themselves. The are not able to bear Her purity and beauty of Her presence. She does not humiliate them nor She sends them away. She simply loves them and they can not stand that!

And then, change of spirits within me took place. Spirit of Satan, spirit that destroys, disappeared with all of his depressions and fears. Instead of that spirit, Our Lady’s spirit took place. In my heart, I heard the voice: “Do not be afraid, I am your mother! I am your guarantee that you will not be destroyed, that you will not fail.” Everything was changed. That experience of presence of Our Blessed Mother became a miracle of love that saves me, my vocation and my life! I started to feel Our Lady’s presence in every exorcism I perform.

I will just share one little example, since there are many similar ones. Our priests were dealing with one possessed girl who came to confess in front of one young priest who just returned after his studies in Rome. And as he was saying the absolution words, that person, Satan in that person hit that priest so hard that he felt down immediately. Then, the same person started calling other priest in some strange voice. That priest was scared and he called me. After a few moments that girl was in front of me and I started to pray over her. As I began exorcism, I knew the diagnosis straight away, the girl was severely possessed and I invited five devoted faithful to pray as well.

As I recited traditional prayers of exorcism, Satan just laughed. It spoke to me in English language, humiliated me and constantly laughed at me. Then, I began to pray to Our Lady. I was totally exhausted. I began to be nervous as well. I felt that I need to finish my prayer, but the evil spirit was not going away. It was the spirit of suicide. I began to call Our Lady with all of my heart. In the same way as the child calls his mom. And real screaming began at those moments: ” I can not stay here any longer, Our Lady is here, I need to go away.” And the spirit was gone.

This was just one situation and there are so many similar ones. During these five years, as I have been entrusted the service of exorcism, I experience many temptations and trials. I had those before; I know I will have those in the future as well. But, Our Lady keeps me in Her heart. I CAN NO LONGER LIVE WITHOUT MEDJUGORJE AND JERUSALEM. I need to be in Medjugorje and Jerusalem every year. That is what faith is for me. Here I have faith, blessing and grace.

I am grateful to dear God that I am able to witness Our Lady’s grace in this way. I would like each one of us to want to love more our Blessed Mother, Mother of God. She is our Mother. She loves Her children. She is prepared to do anything Her children ask of Her. I feel that if it wasn’t for Her presence, we would all be destroyed. That is why we should try to live every second of our lives with Her. I feel personal invitation to help other people to come to Medjugorje. To bring here all of those people who experience tremendous spiritual suffering.”

At the end, priest Leonid blessed all of the listeners of Radio Mir.

http://www.medjugorje.hr/en/news/the-priest-exorcist—i-can-no-longer-live-without-medjugorje,3102.html

I believe Fr. Leonid.  I believe that if it were not for her coming to us in Medjugorje, being present to us there, we would be destroyed.  In light of this, I want to again recommend to you all to go to Medjugorje if you can.

May the Holy Name of Mary be on our lips and in our hearts always!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

(c)Mary TV 2016

PS.  The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. Pray about coming!!  The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan

574-335-9952

Despite all sufferings and trails, we are secure and saved.

 
       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

JMJ

September 9, 2016
St. Peter Claver

Dear Family of Mary!

August 22, 1985

“Dear children! Today I wish to tell you that God wants to send you trials which you can overcome by prayer. God is testing you through daily chores. Now pray to peacefully withstand every trial. From everything through which God tests you come out more open to God and approach Him with love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

I pulled this message from my box of messages for us today. Our Lady must want to talk to us about trials. We all are enduring trials in these days. It is part of our Christian life. Because we love and live out our commitment to love our families, communities, neighbors and countries, we make ourselves open to trials. But in this way we can help Jesus to show others that He loves them. Our Lady doesn’t seem to be worried about trials. “Now pray to peacefully withstand every trail.” She tells us we will come out stronger from them. Not to worry! God is in charge!

Here are five more messages in which Our Lady talks to us about trials. We could use these messages for our Rosary today, and let her teach us how to triumph over our difficulties through prayer and love.

Holy Thursday, April 19, 1984

To Jelena:
“I’m going to reveal a spiritual secret to you: if you want to be stronger than evil, make yourself a plan of personal prayer. Take a certain time in the morning, read a text from Holy Scripture, anchor the Divine word in your heart, and strive to live it during the day, particularly during the moment of trials. In this way, you will be stronger than evil.”

March 25 2010
“Dear children! Also today I desire to call you all to be strong in prayer and in the moments when trials attack you. Live your Christian vocation in joy and humility and witness to everyone. I am with you and I carry you all before my Son Jesus, and He will be your strength and support. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

October 2, 2008
“Dear children; Again I call you to faith. My motherly heart desires for your heart to be open, so that it could say to your heart: believe. My children, only faith will give you strength in life’s trials. It will renew your soul and open the way of hope. I am with you. I gather you around me because I desire to help you, so that you can help your neighbors to discover faith, which is the only joy and happiness of life. Thank you.”

September 2, 2010
“Dear children; I am beside you because I desire to help you to overcome trials, which this time of purification puts before you. My children, one of those is not to forgive, and not to ask for forgiveness. Every sin offends love and distances you from it and love is my Son. Therefore, my children, if you desire to walk with me towards the peace of God’s love, you must learn to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. Thank you.”

August 2, 2011
“Dear children; Today I call you to be born anew in prayer and through the Holy Spirit, to become a new people with my Son; a people who knows that if they have lost God, they have lost themselves; a people who knows that, with God, despite all sufferings and trials, they are secure and saved. I call you to gather into God’s family and to be strengthened with the Father’s strength. As individuals, my children, you cannot stop the evil that wants to begin to rule in this world and to destroy it. But, according to God’s will, all together, with my Son, you can change everything and heal the world. I call you to pray with all your heart for your shepherds, because my Son chose them. Thank you.”

Mother, thank you for showing us that “despite all sufferings and trials, [we] are secure and saved.” Thank you for teaching us how to live in God and His peace.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2016

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

JMJ

September 8, 2016
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Family of Mary!

When Jakov wished Our Lady a happy birthday on this day in 1981 she answered him:

Tuesday, September 8, 1981

Jakov wishes the Blessed Virgin a happy birthday. She answers:

“It is for me a beautiful day. With respect to you, persevere in the faith and in prayer. Do not be afraid. Remain in joy. It is my desire. Let joy appear on your faces. I will continue to protect Father Jozo.”

Our Lady receives with joy the remembrance of her birth by the Church.  Our love and praise of Mary makes her happy!  We can give her a beautiful day by loving her.

But she responded to Jakov with motherly care.  She told him to do several things. Remember this was the first year of the Apparitions, and Jakov was a little boy.  What did she say?

Persevere in faith and in prayer.

Do not be afraid.

Remain in joy.

Let joy appear on your faces.

The little visionary needed to hear these words.  He had been interrogated, watched, followed, and suspected by the police.  His whole life had been turned upside down by the apparitions.  Every night he was at church, greeting Our Lady and praying at Holy Mass.  He needed to be encouraged and directed by Our Lady.

I think we need the very same advice from Mother Mary today!  She is a sure guide for each of us on our way to heaven.

St. Louis de Montfort tells us that Mary is the Secure Way to God:

Rest assured that the more you turn to Mary in your prayers, meditations, actions and sufferings, seeing her if not perhaps clearly and distinctly, at least in a general and indistinct way, the more surely you will discover Jesus. For he is always greater, more powerful, more active, and more mysterious when acting through Mary than he is in any other creature in the universe, or even in heaven. Thus Mary, so divinely-favored and so lost in God, is far from being an obstacle to good people who are striving for union with him. There has never been and there never will be a creature so ready to help us in achieving that union more effectively, for she will dispense to us all the graces to attain that end. As a saint once remarked, “Only Mary  knows how to fill our minds with the thought of God.”Moreover, Mary will safeguard us against the deception and cunning of the evil one.

Where Mary is present, the evil one is absent. One of the unmistakable signs that a person is led by the Spirit of God is the devotion he has to Mary, and his habit of thinking and speaking of her. This is the opinion of a saint, who goes on to say that just as breathing is a proof that the body is not dead,so the habitual thought of Mary and loving converse with her is a proof that the soul is not spiritually dead in sin.

Since Mary alone has crushed all heresies, as we are told by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Office of B.V.M.), a devoted servant of hers will never fall into formal heresy or error, though critics may contest this. He may very well err materially, mistaking lies for truth or an evil spirit for a good one, but he will be less likely to do this than others. Sooner or later he will discover his error and will not go on stubbornly believing and maintaining what he mistakenly thought was the truth.

Whoever then wishes to advance along the road to holiness and be sure of encountering the true Christ, without fear of the illusions which afflict many devout people, should take up “with valiant heart and willing spirit” this devotion to Mary which perhaps he had not previously heard about. Even if it is new to him, let him enter upon this excellent way which I am now revealing to him. “I will show you a more excellent way.”  (True Devotion to Mary. Par 165-168)

Our Lady is with us to show us the way to her Son.  She knows what she is doing.  She will guide us simply and effectively.  Let’s listen to her messages, and follow her with hearts full of love!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2016

PS.  The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan
574-335-9952

Fast and pray with the heart!

       (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

JMJ

September 7, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!

September 20, 1984

“Dear children! Today I call on you to begin fasting with the heart. There are many people who are fasting, but only because everyone else is fasting. It has become a custom which no one wants to stop. I ask the parish to fast out of gratitude because God has allowed me to stay this long in this parish. Dear children, fast and pray with the heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

Today is a fast day! We fast on Wednesday and Friday because Our Lady has asked us to do so. It is part of her plan for peace. Fr. Slavko understood fasting. He was courageous in fasting and prayer. He wrote about the connection between fasting and prayer. They are necessary to one another:

The unification of the body and soul in prayer are particularly manifested in fasting and prayer. The physical fast makes prayer more complete. A person, who fasts, prays better and a person, who prays, fasts more easily. In this way, prayer does not only remain an expression or words, but includes the entire human being. Physical fasting is an admission to God before men that one cannot do it alone and needs help. A person experiences his helplessness more easily when he fasts and that is why, by means of the physical fast, the soul is more open to God. Without fasting, our words of prayer remain without a true foundation. In the Old Testament the faithful fasted and prayed individually, in groups and in various life situations. Because of this, they always, experienced God’s help. (cf. Ezra 8: 21-23; 2 Chr 20:12). Jesus ascribes a special power to fasting and prayer, especially in the battle against evil spirits (cf. Mk 9:29). The same practice is found in the tradition of the Catholic Church and is most evident in the rules of all orders and religious communities. St. Bernard wrote about the relationship between fasting and prayer saying:

“I will tell you something that you will understand easily and what you have often experienced, if I am not mistaken: fasting gives certainty to prayer and makes it fervent…By means of prayer strength is gained for fasting and through fasting the grace of prayer. Fasting strengthens prayer and prayer strengthens fasting and offers it to the Lord.”

This is apparent because by means of fasting, one becomes more awake and open to God and to what is spiritual. For the same reason, fasting is connected to the Eucharist. While a person practices renunciation and lives for a period of time with bread, he prepares himself for a meeting with the Divine Bread. This exceptional meeting with God, especially in connection with the Eucharist, is evidence of how fasting is positive in itself and how it enables us to realize the fundamental goal of prayer – the meeting of the entire person with God, the Savior. (Fr. Slavko Barbaric. “Fast with the Heart”. P. 110-111)

I must admit that for me fasting is the last thing I want to add to my busy life. But I believe that if I do not fast as Mary asks, I will be limping through life on one leg. Fasting and prayer go together. We will find ourselves closer to God in prayer if we fast. It is not something we can figure out, but something we must live.

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary!  Our fasting today can give us something to offer Our Lady on her birthday, a little gift of our sacrifice for her intentions!

Mother Mary, please procure for us the grace to fast. Help us to live as you have asked us to live, through prayer and fasting!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
© Mary TV 2016

PS. I again want to suggest to all of you to pray about whether Our Lady might be calling you to Medjugorje! The pilgrimage that Mike Nolan is leading on October 3 – 14 still has room. The air fares are quite low. If you have been waiting for the right time to go to Medjugorje, this may be it!!

Mike Nolan
574-335-9952